Chances to Dance Week 20

Jay Gomes, Publisher
NJ Hoops
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The ultimate goal for every Division 1 school is to make the NCAA Tournament. For the high-major NJ programs like Rutgers and Seton Hall, they would have to finish above .500 and be in or near the upper half of the Big 10 or Big East to get an invitation. For the other New Jersey Division 1 schools - Rider, Princeton, Saint Peter's, FDU, Monmouth and NJIT winning their conference title is about the only option. For the first time the Ivy League will have a post-season tournament so now for all these teams it comes down to a few days in early March.

Not reaching the NCAA Tournament does not mean the season is a disappointment. A strong regular season is an accomplishment in itself, and that and/or a good postseason league tournament run, can be used as a springboard for the next season.

Once again this season, NJHoops.com will review and update the status of the eight New Jersey Division 1 schools. We will look at where they're at, how they're playing and the week ahead. It was a great season last year as both FDU and Seton Hall made the NCAA Tournament and Monmouth, Princeton and NJIT made other post-season tournaments.

This is after 20 weeks of action. It was another great year as two NJ teams made the Big Dance and one NJ team is still playing in one of the other tournaments. The weekly updates will appear on Thursdays. St. Peter's is one of a handful of teams across the country still in action.

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FDU (11-19) (9-9 in NEC)

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The Week Past:

Did not play.

The Week Ahead:

Season complete

Where They're At:

Finished the season in a three way tie for 5th in the NEC. Got the 6th seed in the NEC Tournament after ending the season on a six game losing streak. Shot well from the line 76.5%, 18th in the country. Got outrebounded by -3.9 rpg, 303rd nationally.

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MONMOUTH (27-7) (18-2 in MAAC)

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The Week Past:

Did not play.

The Week Ahead:

Season complete.

Where They're At:

Saw their 17 game winning streak snapped in the MAAC Tournament semifinals. Despite a RPI of 44th in country did not make the the NCAA Tournament. For the first time ever posted back to back 20 win seasons. Defense was outstanding holding teams to 40.3%, 24th nationally. Good from the free throw line at 75.6%, 31st in the country. Shooting only 43.8% from the field, 213rd nationally.

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NJIT (11-20) (3-11 in Atlantic Sun)

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The Week Past:

Did not play.

The Week Ahead:

Season complete

Where They're At:

Finished 7th in the A-Sun. Season was hampered by the season ending injury to 5-foot-11 Sr. Damon Lynn (Union Catholic - NJ Hoops #28 Class of 2013) who ruptured his achilles. He finished his career prematurely with 2,153 points. He missed their last 11 games, where they lost 9. Bury 8.3 treys/game 90th nationally. Opponents shot 45.9% from the floor, 279th nationally.

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PRINCETON (23-7, 14-0 in Ivy League)

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The Week Past:

Did not play.

The Week Ahead:

Season complete.

Where They're At:

Made their first NCAA Tournament since 2011. Became the 14th team in Ivy League history to go 14-0. Saw their 19 game winning streak by in the NCAA's. Earned the program's 27th Ivy League championship. With their perimeter offense 8th nationally in 3's/game at 10.1. Without a rim protector only 3.0 bpg, 205th nationally.

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RIDER (18-15) (10-10 in MAAC)

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The Week Past:

Did not play.

The Week Ahead:

Season complete.

Where They're At:

Finished the season tied for 6th in the MAAC and on a three game winning streak. Hit the glass well, with a 4.2 rebound margin, 55th nationally. Only hitting 5.4 treys/game, 325th in the country.

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RUTGERS (15-18) (3-15 in Big 10)

Chances to Dance 0%

The Week Past:

Did not play.

The Week Ahead:

Season complete.

Where They're At:

Tripled last season's Big 10 win total and got their first ever Big 10 Tournament win. Outrebounded teams by 5.5 rpg, 31st in the country. Struggledfrom the ft line converting 62.2%, 343rd nationally.

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ST. PETER'S (22-13) (14-6 in MAAC)

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The Week Past:

Edged Texas State 49-44 in the quarterfinals of the College Insiders Tournament. 6-foot Sr. Trevis Wyche (St. Peter's Prep - NJ Hoops #26 Class of 2013) led the balanced attack with 11. Ran past Furman 77-51 in the semis 6-foot-6 R/S Jr. Nnamdi Enechionyia (St. James VA) netted 18.

The Week Ahead:

Head to Texas A&M Corpus Christi for the championship Friday night on CBS Sports Netwoek at 9:00 in the College Insiders Tournament.

Where They're At:

Had a 7 game winning streak broken in the MAAC Tournament semifinals. The 14 MAAC wins were a program record and the second place regular season finish was the best for a Peacock team since the 1988-89 campaign. Notched the second 20 win season under head coach John Dunne and first since 2010-11. Holding teams to 61.8 ppg, 11th nationally. Shooting 43.5% from the floor, 231st nationally.

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SETON HALL (21-12) (10-8 in Big East)

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The Week Past:

Did not play.

The Week Ahead:

Season complete.

Where They're At:

Got hot at the right time winning five of their last six games. Finished the regular season in a four way tie for 3rd in the Big East. Outrebounding teams by 6.5 rpg, 20th nationally. Only making 63.5% from line, 338th nationally.

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